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Five Finger Mountain rockfall

11 November 2012

An eight foot wide chunk of rock, estimated to weigh over a ton broke off from the mountainside on Thursday.

Loosened by the recent heavy rains, the rock came away from its mooring and bounced down the hillside with a noise described as ‘like thunder’. It was eventually stopped when it hit the Bogazkoy water tank with a force strong enough to rupture the foot thick concrete walls of the tank.

Witnesses who saw its descent described a giant rock that made a huge amount of noise and that it
was a blessing that it was stopped by the water tank rather than continuing down towards the village
houses.

The removal of trees and the building of new houses has increased the risks due to landslides in the area though these happen infrequently.

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